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HOPE appears before the Third District Court of Appeal (DCA) for the State of Florida

In addition to hosting Fair Housing Month events in April 2016, HOPE appeared before the Third District Court of Appeal (DCA) for the State of Florida.  The issue before the court was whether the Florida Fair Housing Act requires exhaustion of administrative remedies with the Florida Commission on Human Relations (FCHR) before an individual can file a complaint in state court.  On behalf of HOPE, attorney Matthew Dietz argued that victims of housing discrimination have the choice to file in an administrative tribunal or go directly to court.  Also participating in oral argument as amicus curiae (friend of the court) was Cheyanne Costilla, General Counsel for FCHR, who also argued against the administrative exhaustion requirement.  The Housing Umbrella Group of Florida Legal Services, Inc.

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